- Dark olive color on back
- Tan to silver on sides, often with a metallic sheen
- Black stripe along center of each scale row, except toward belly
- Anal fins sometimes dark orange
- Three anal spines
- Dorsal and anal spines long and stout
- Pelvic spine and first two anal spines are pale
Similar Species: Other mojarras
Size: Up to 12 inches
Brackish and coastal waters (in limestone regions) and seagrass beds
Form dense schools and tolerate a wide range of salinities.
Often used for bait, but larger specimens may be eaten.
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles